CHANGES TO FAIR DEAL SCHEME COULD SAVE FARMING FAMILIES MONEY

Happy female caretaker assisting senior man in using Zimmer frame at nursing home yard

Changes to the Fair Deal nursing home scheme are expected to save farming families thousands of Euro.

Starting in September there could be a limit to the amount they pay towards care costs.

At the moment families can be charged 7-and-a-half percent of the farm, for every year their relative spends in a home.

But the changes would cut payments off after three years.

Pat O’Toole, of the Irish Farmers’ Journal, says the rules still have to be passed by Government.

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